ALBURY City has at least one cup all sewn up.
The football club found itself having both its over-35s teams win their respective semi-finals last weekend and book their spot in the grand final at Jelbart Park on Sunday.
The Albury City “Whites” finished second in the league and advanced to the grand final through a seventh minute extra-time winner after scores were locked 1-1 with Albury United after 90-minutes.
Albury City “Blues” upset hot favourites Wangaratta in the other semi-final — the heroes Danny Byatt with a volley that found the back of the net and keeper Matt Hunt.
Peter Hovar said the shock win ensured an all City grand final.
“Never before have two teams from one club played in a senior grand final so it is a special day for Albury City,” he said.
“There are quality players still kicking around in the over-35s, and clubs once again this year showed that you don’t have to have young legs to enjoy the game.
“Many players are well over 35, including City’s sprightly Joe Martinez, and we are blessed to have a player over 70 still running around and heading a ball with guys half his age”.
Hovar said the over-35s competition had gone from strength to strength.
“It’s great to see the over-35s competition give players the chance to play and the interest in the competition continues to grow each year,” he said.
“As the demands of busy working lives increase, it’s great middle-aged blokes get a chance to continue to exercise and socialise in a team sport.
“In the metros, there are many over 45 football competitions flourishing, and hopefully one day we can have an over 45s competition locally as well”.
This year’s over-35s grand final kicks off at 1pm at Jelbart Park.